Abstract

This article examines the response of the court of Nero and the Senate to Agrippina’s murder in terms of imperial ideology and ceremony. Our ancient sources, particularly Tacitus, depict the events after Agrippina’s murder in order to highlight the wickedness of Nero, the complicity of Burrus and Seneca, and the adulation of the Senate. The re-contextualization of these events in imperial ideology regarding the Salus of the emperor and the state, as well as practices related to damnatio memoriae, brings the activities of Nero’s court and the Senate surrounding the matricide into clearer historical focus.

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